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New game attempts to exercise facial muscles

AP, TOKYO

A new video game for the Nintendo DS handheld machine helps players exercise their facial muscles to have nicer smiles and livelier expressions.

Face Training comes with a digital camera that fits into the dual-screen machine to show live video of the player's own face on the right screen while an animation of a woman's face illustrates exercises on the left screen. The game went on sale last week in Japan.

The 16 types of exercises called "facening," designed by beauty expert Fumiko Inudo, take about two to 10 minutes each to complete. Nintendo Co, the Kyoto-based maker of the Pokemon and Super Mario games, recommends playing no longer than 15 minutes at a time.

In addition to the animation that serves as a model for players, an electronic voice like an aerobics instructor guides you to twist your mouth, drop your jaw, wink, glare at the ceiling and do other moves to tighten flabby cheeks and develop that bright-eyed look.

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